Skye restaurants feature in Lonely Planet's new gourmet travel guidebook

It features a selection of island businesses

Lonely Planet has featured the Isle of Skye in its newest title Gourmet Trails Europe.

This guide includes 40 European food and drink weekend itineraries for cities and regions such as Bordeaux, Tuscany, Piedmont, Norway, Germany’s Black Forest and Copenhagen.

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The only Scottish section in the first edition of the book, which is being released on Australia-based travel guide Lonely Planet’s 50th anniversary, includes a selection of restaurants and shops, as well as the Isle of Skye Distillery, where they produce the award-winning Misty Isle Gin.

Fairy Pools, Skye Pic: GettyFairy Pools, Skye Pic: Getty
Fairy Pools, Skye Pic: Getty

As well as independent businesses and tourist attractions, like the Fairy Pools, the guide commends the island’s local produce, from oysters to hand-dived scallops, red deer, seaweed and wild garlic.

The introduction to the Isle of Skye chapter, which is one of five UK destinations in the book, says: “This mythical Hebridean island produces some of Scotland’s finest foods, which talented local chefs use to create dishes inspired by the epic landscapes.”

There are mentions for the five-star restaurant with rooms, Edinbane Lodge, where the chef patron is Calum Montgomery. “Farm-to-table really is put into practice here,” says the book. The guide has also included Loch Bay, which has Skye’s only Michelin star, as well as one of the most established of the island’s fine-dining venues, The Three Chimneys, along with the advice to book a table well in advance.

When it comes to places to stay, the guide recommends foodie-friendly Kinloch Lodge or Broadford House.

Gourmet Trails Europe book jacketGourmet Trails Europe book jacket
Gourmet Trails Europe book jacket

For those who prefer a more casual proposition when travelling, the guide has incorporated a few relatively “no frills” places. These include the community store, cafe, shop and events space, An Crùbh, which stocks local produce, as well as cake and cheese scone experts, The Isle of Skye Baking Company, and The Oyster Shed.

The latter is located in Carbost and is owned by Skye native Paul McGlynn, who serves dishes including queenie scallops with garlic butter and chips for not much more than a tenner. Red Skye in the village of Breakish is also tipped for its “competitively priced menu”.

Gourmet Trails Europe, Lonely Planet Food, £17.99, out now,



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